SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz announced Friday that they have hired Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Quin Snyder to replace Tyrone Corbin, who was let go earlier this year after three-plus seasons.
Snyder most recently completed his first season as an assistant with Atlanta. He has also been an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Clippers. He was the head coach at Missouri for seven seasons from 1999-2006, leading the Tigers to four NCAA tournaments. That included an Elite Eight appearance in 2002.
SAUNDERS ASSUMES POSITIONS OF POWER: When Flip Saunders officially took over as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, he assumed a unique position of power in the NBA.
Saunders is now the team president, the head coach and a part-owner in Minnesota. The status gives him as much influence on his team as any one person in the league, and he said he’s ready to handle it.
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said it’s not his preferred setup. And he is leaving open the option that Saunders will move back into the front office exclusively in the near future.
GAME 1 OF FINALS DRAWS 9.0 RATING: The San Antonio Spurs’ victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night drew an average television audience of 14,846,000 viewers and a 9.0 national rating, Nielsen said Friday.
The average viewership on ABC was up 4 percent from 14,241,000 for last year’s opening game between the teams and the rating was up 2 percent from an 8.8.
The 9.0 rating matched the second-highest NBA Finals opener since 2004.
Nielsen Social said the game was the most-tweeted NBA game of the year with more than 3.2 million tweets. The game also was most-talked about television program of the day, accounting for 76 percent of all TV conversation on Twitter.
Game 2 is Sunday night.